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England's Gabriella wins an Open place

30th July 2013

England's Gabriella wins an Open place

England international Gabriella Cowley (Image © Leaderboard Photography)

England international Gabriella Cowley played her way into the Ricoh Women's British Open, which starts on Thursday over the Old Course, St Andrews, after shooting four-under 68 at yesterday's final qualifying.

The 17-year-old from Brocket Hall (Image © Leaderboard Photography) was one of only two amateurs to make it through the final stage at Kingsbarns Golf Links, alongside Curtis Cup player Amy Boulden of Wales.

Meanwhile England's Emily Taylor – a rookie professional on the Ladies European Tour – also qualified with a sparkling 66, which put her in second place. A total of 16 players qualified for the championship from a field of 90.

Another England international, Lauren Taylor (Woburn), is keeping her fingers crossed for a place in the Open. She is the first reserve after taking part in a play-off, involving 12 competitors, for the final four places in the championship.

All 12 players – also including England's Bronte Law (Bramhall) and Hayley Davis (Ferndown) – had shot three-under 69 in regulation play.

Gabriella will join two other England amateurs when she tees off in the championship.  British champion Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) and British stroke play champion Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) were both exempt from qualifying.

Par 72
65 Xiyu Lin (China).
66 E Taylor (Eng), M Jorgensen (Den).
67 S Michaels (US), M Silva (Spa).
68 A Boulden (Wal) (am), D Holmqvist (Swe), L Diaz (US), S Hassan (Wal), M Rigon (Ita), G Cowley (Eng) (am), D Carter (US).
69 (after play-off) C Booth (Sco), L Larsson (Swe), T Elosegui (Spa), C Lennarth (Swe).

69 (eliminated in 12-player play-off for last four places) 1st reserve L Taylor (Eng) (am), 2nd L Beck (Isr) (am), 3rd E Givens (Eng)  4th Mallory Fraiche (US), B Law (Eng) (am), H Davis (Eng) (am), M Hernandez (Spa),  C Koch (Swe)
70 P Pretswell (Sco), M Sagstrom (Swe) (am), K MacDonald (Sco), H Burke (Eng), C Chen (SAf), L Kane (Can), V Felibert (Vene), M H Lee (SKo), J Hedwall (Swe), R Goodall (Eng) (am), A Sharp (Can), M Hjorth (Swe), C Afonso (Fra)
71 C Herbin (Fra), K Lunn (Aus), L Johansson (Swe) (am), S L Bregman (SAf), M Prat (Spa), N Roessler (Ger) (am), N Hori (Jap), K Ekeu (US)
72 M Thomson (Sco), H Bowie-Young (US), A L Caudal (Fra), K Smith (Aus), V Laing (Sco).
73 J Klatten (Fra), D Luna (Ita), T Johns (Aus), S Croce (Ita), M Nagl (Ger), R Artis (Aus), H Aitchison (Eng), L Henriksson (Fin), V Derrey (Fra).
74 M Reid (Eng), K Pogacar (Slo), A Hewson (Eng) (am) V Valvassori (Ita), C Woods (US), A Peters (Eng) (am), K Matharu (Eng), M Grehan (US), V Schlasberg (Swe), L Shervill (Eng)
75 S Fuller (Eng) (am), L Hall (Wal), W Walker (Eng), J Song (US), C Wild (Eng),  A D Soderstrom (Swe)
76 B Brewerton (Wal), M MacLaren (Eng) (am)
77 R Lee Bentham (Can), H Fitzgerald (Swi), A Ratcliffe (Eng) (am), M Cappeliez
(Fra) (am), S Madden (Eng) (am), R Wyn Thomas (Wal).
78 A Dimmock (Eng) (am), K Rule (Eng), F Liddell (Sco) (am)
79 M Ramos (Mex), M Matzler (Swi)
81 S Rodger (Eng)
82 N Tamminen (Fin)

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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